This unit in for restoration will have all electrolytic replaced, paper capacitors and carbon resistors. The resistors are of the brown uncoated body type. After passing an initial Dim Bulb tester power up has the radio playing directly to the 120 volt line. The pushbuttons are a bit tentative, all bands received stations or static (no long wire antenna attacked). This is a quick check of all inter-stage, IF, audio and oscillator coil tests. Later alignment may uncover questionable transformers. But this power up test sure beats ohming out each separate transformer and coil.
All tubes passed testing with a Heathkit IT-17 emissions tester but two. The EABC80 showed leaks and a dim short lamp glowing on two of three tests. The UL-41 has no tester setting. This tube will be tested in circuit. There is a good discussion of the UL41 propose at: http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/philips_bx553a_bx_553_a.html. Plug this URL into the Google Translate page if you don't read Dutch.
I found a broken IF slug when I started the alignment. Once apart several I unsuccessfully tried two other methods (Epoxy and sticky tape). Super Glue did the trick. It securely held the slug to the screw.
The Bass potentiometer is ineffective. It has a set screw threaded through the shaft. I think this may be made from Unobtainium.
Further cleaning of the Bass pot helped. It is functional. A touch scratchy but functional. I use Denatured Alcohol to saturate the pot and flush out any accumulated crud. Then followed up with regular contact cleaner. This procedure has rescued a few pots that I have come across. The treble control received the same treatment.
Here are a few final pictures. The cabinet has been touched up. Scuffs and dings have been tinted as not to stand out. It received a wet sanding, several coats of clear lacquer and baked precisely at 105 degrees. This cabinet was allowed to sit for seven days before I reinstalled the guts.
With the finish still De-gassing or hardening for the past seven days, a haze formed on the finish. I used a slightly water dampened paper towel (almost dry) and a soft cotton cloth to removed the haze. I did not rub with the paper towel but only applied a light quick amount of moisture.
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